Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows in neutral tones with some warmer, some cooler-toned shades. It features a new eyeshadow formula, which Tarte describes as a “cream powder” that is “pigmented” and “blendable.” It’s a much denser, richer formula that is smooth but firmer in the pan (but not in a stiff way) that goes on better–it is similar to formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow and Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow. I am all for this new formula, because it performs well without primer, which has always been an area where Tarte’s powder eyeshadows have been more hit or miss. These are pigmented, blendable, and adhere to bare skin without primer–and I still get good wear (8 hours across the board), which you can obviously extend or insure if you wear primer normally. The biggest thing is really this formula is far easier to blend out and nothing turned patchy or uneven.

Worth noting, the palette is smaller in overall footprint than the last two circular palettes, and the previous palettes also contained 0.67 oz. and and retail for $40 (or $59.70/oz.). This palette contains less at 0.40 oz. but is also less expensive at $34, though that works out to be more expensive by the ounce ($85.00/oz.), which also works out to be 0.05 oz. per shade.

Seashell is a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and frosted finish. It had very good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that applied well to bare skin and wore for eight hours before fading slightly. MAC MACnificent Me (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE) is darker (95% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). YSL Scandal #2 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sellout (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Parfait (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Piggy (80M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wave is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, cooler undertones and a frosted sheen. It was richly p igmented with a smooth, blendable texture that was a little looser in the pan compared to some of the other shades. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #3 (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #4 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). YSL Taupe Drop (03) (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Zoeva Wrapped in Silk (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Clarins Silver Plum (07) (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Stellar (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Swell (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Cloudy Afternoon (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Up Too Slate (LE) is darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Gray-Brown (38M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Chroma #5 (P) is darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Outline (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle (P, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Abyss is a muted, dark brown with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly smooth, blendable consistency that was a bit firmer in the pan compared to the more shimmery shades. It wore well for eight hours. Colour Pop Bravery (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Chestnuts Roasting (LE) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Gravitational (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Tout Suite (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S632 Hazelnut (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Antique Bronze (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Umber (78M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Russet (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Cool Plum (70P) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Dark Brew (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Bandit (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Sippy Sippy (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Reef is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It’s not quite rich enough to be a true bronze, but there was something about the warmth and sheen that still made me want to call it bronze. It was intesely pigmented with a buttery, dense, and smooth consistency that wore for eight hours. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Tan Lines (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Firecracker (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Merci (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Midnight Sun (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Enhance) (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Starfish is a light-medium, golden brown with warm undertones and slight olive tones paired with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff with a soft, cream-like texture that blended out well without losing intensity. This shade wore well for eight hours. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Penny (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC A Harvest of Greens #2 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Elitist (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Crushed Clove (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Hourglass Color Field #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cove is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a slightly thinner texture compared to the more shimmery shades, but it still had a denser, more cream-like feel overall. The color lasted for eight hours. Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Kid (DC, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Smarty Pants (P) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Noble (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Stark (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Lancome Sante (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Sherbert (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Warm Honey (LE, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Camel (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Cork (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Fab Accent (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Anaheim (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sand is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a smooth, blendable texture that was easy to work with. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. Kat Von D Sage (Highlight) (P) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Vanilla (P) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Righteous (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #4 (LE) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Porcelain (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Clinique Vanilla Pop (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Rock Candy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Chamomile (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P)(95% similar). Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Peaceful (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Beige (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Flagstone (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mermaid is a light-medium, muted gold with warm, browner undertones and a frosted sheen. It was nicely pigmented with a smooth, dense, and buttery texture that blended out beautifully and lasted for eight hours. Anastasia 10K (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Lace #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar #4 (P) is darker (95% similar). NARS Hollywoodland (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NARS Studly (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Montaigne (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Beaded (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Vicuna (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Palette Rainforest of the Sea
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Seashell
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Wave
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Abyss
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Reef
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
97%
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Starfish
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
96%
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Cove
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Sand
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Mermaid
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

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